Feedback: how should we consult?

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How should we consult?

We want to hear all perspectives. Here is the feedback from our questionaire on the home page.

From Andrea Bastin

What questions should we be asking?
I think that, at this point, we should focus less on questions to ask but on establishing SMART goals.

Comments: The only way the Ho family can get a sense of community feedback is by a united and accepted set of goals. It is up to the property owner/developer/investors to see which goals are appropriate and what steps are required. We aren’t developers, we are community members, environmentalists and we have been given an incredible gift here. The fact that they are STILL willing to speak with community and build consensus is rare and hugely indicative of their intent and good will!

In response to Andrea Bastin’s note on May 16th, 2019:

Andrea, thank you sincerely for taking the time to provide your input, and for stepping up as the first to write on our website. We look forward to hearing back from more residents!

I cannot agree more than we need a united set of goals coming out of the voice of the collective community. We as the developer do not wish to attract investors whose goals do not align with community’s. That would be fundamentally out of integrity – to the investors, to residents…and also I must stress – to ourselves, because our underlying mission as “community builders” is to create a positive, sustainable future for Bowen which would help to further improve upon the beautiful place that this island already is.

– Candy

From Qurban

Everyone should get a say and hopefully everyone is respectful.

From Janine Carver

What questions should we be asking?
– What is the real NEED for re-developing the cape?
– Who’s needs are we really talking about?
– How are you going to account for the larger carbon imprint you will be causing?
– How will you deal with the increase traffic and ferry density?

Comments: I don’t believe that re-developing the Cape will serve Bowen or its residents in any way. Bowen is a small community by design and this development is a tipping point which will change the entire natural beauty and fabric of what makes Bowen unique. We live in a world addicted to progress and growth and this cancer of unlimited growth under the false pretense of unlimited resources is killing the very earth we depend on. Humbly beginning to conserve and reduce our impact should be the #1 priority of every developer, not profit under the guise of community health and well-being. The bottom line is you the developer receiving larger returns on a poor investment and sometimes you need to just walk away and call it a day. Respect the land, respect our limits and be a part of the solution not the problem. Keep Bowen small and intact. We need to preserve our wilderness above all else right now. Humans are not the only species to consider here. The “yogi” quote on this page is offensive and manipulative at best. This is not about hope, this is about profit and I don’t believe you have any real interest in this community or its nature. Please stop killing the planet. For future generations, they are the one’s we should be thinking about. We need less building, less development, less environmental impact. I strongly oppose this development and will not support any further expansion.

From Julia McCaig

What questions should we be asking?
I’d like to see questions asked as they relate to carbon-neutrality, electric vehicles, food sustainability, wellness, education including not for profit schools – I’m sure there’s more!

Comments: I thoroughly and wholeheartedly supported your initial neighbourhood plan a decade ago and look forward to the new dreams that we as islanders share in the next iteration of the Cape.

From Jeremy & Caroline Clark

What questions should we be asking?
We would ask which types of facilities the Cape can create which can serve the entire island and also the close neighborhoods ( such as Tunstall Bay and the all west side of the island for example).
We would like to understand what can be done in term of sustainability, to pursue to create a balanced environment where people, nature, animals enjoy a peaceful life.
We would like to understand how the Cape can help Bowen Island citizens with the growing traffic issue at the Snug Cove.

From James Lafferty

What questions should we be asking?
I don’t think you should be asking what Bowen residents feel they need but rather what luxuries the residents want and then try and fill that gap. There’s a common saying on Bowen that goes “why can’t we have nice things”.
Water is a big question mark on Bowen these days ever since Bluewater dried up. It would be prudent to put a water plan in place. This would also quell the Tunstall residents concern over the fire department using their water system to put out fires in the Cape.

Comments: The Cape is the nicest land on Bowen. Whatever you do there needs to be world class. I think the focus needs to be on quality and not quantity. People will pay for quality on Bowen. I will list some of the items I would like to see go on out there. A world class waterfront park on the south side with picnic areas and gazebos and a small rec centre with a year round pool… similiar to Bear mountain). A commuter ferry to Vancouver. Whatever development you are proposing that it works with the land and nature. A small west side market and cafe. Some kind of eco adventure like the tree canopy walk at UBC to really appreciate the nature.


From Jeremy Howe

Over almost three decades I’ve been roaming the CRC lands. They’re deeply familiar and personally much loved. It’s been piercingly hard to see the evolution of their fate to date but, alas, what’s done is done. Even so, I recently met with Candy Ho and John Dowler regarding ideas for the Cape and did a brief site visit with them. It was actually heartening to see a convincing openness to reimagining the current disposition of the property. As far as I can see, the current situation of the remaining properties offers little by way of preservation or to the island as a whole. In that sense, anything would be an improvement. That said, there are many complex issues from the past that would imaginably continue to prevail in any alternative proposal and for those I presently have no answer. As such, my two cents worth here is not a tacit endorsement of any proposals that may emerge. It is instead a consideration of things that are urgently worth preserving and including in any proposal that might emerge, all else aside. Is this a worthwhile exercise? Yes, I’m certain that it is, though this can only be a beginning.

Of Primary Concern

The most conspicuously valuable feature of the CRC property is its shoreline. This is especially true on an island that, apart from beaches, affords so little accessible waterfront to the public. The south shore is perhaps the most dramatic stretch (even more so than the dedicated Muni path to the CRC light) and provides an ideal example of the so-called ‘Mediterranean’ micro environment typical of the southern Gulf Islands but which is otherwise rather rare on Bowen.

There are three especially unique and picturesque sites that particularly stand out on the south shore. In fact these are contiguous through lots 20, 21, and 22. Included is an area notably rich in spring wildflowers, a high viewpoint (the one with the brass survey marker), and an utterly unique, canted, partially sea-flooding, fault structure with a long, narrow, cave at its end that (if my threateningly truncated explorations are any indication) may be an otter den. No other feature remotely similar to this dramatic cave structure exists on Bowen. There’s an imaginable opportunity to link the Ocean Rocks Trail to the Waterfall Trail with a path/park belt above the ocean if it were extended through lot 23. Not only would this create an immensely pleasing trail loop, it would preserve the most topographically intriguing, ocean proximal, portion of the entire property (indeed the finest remaining section of undeveloped shoreline on the island) and vastly enrich the natural experience of the Cape. The fact that these three properties remain for sale makes the consideration particularly pressing. Obviously there’s a very considerable value to the sale of these properties as currently designated, a situation that for the developer awkwardly pits the economics of immediate, one time (perhaps even essential?) monetary value against those of long term, natural preservation, and over all community enrichment. Perhaps apropos of that dilemma, I think it was the architect Christopher Alexander who stressed that buildings should be sited on the poorest areas of a property to preserve the integrity of the most beautiful. More expansively in this case, it would be to enhance the value of both the immediate, and the larger, island community.


One of the essential tenets of good trail structure is that they describe loops or circuits such that simple ‘there and back’ designs along the same route are avoided. The current trails at the Cape do not reflect that concept and instead are either exclusively linear and/or require long roadside stretches to afford a different return. Roads are NOT trails.

Integral to this general concept is the idea that trails should always interconnect to provide several options of proceeding or returning. They should equally connect neighbourhoods and/or more isolated nodes of habitation as well as link to existing trails on adjacent properties. In essence, trails should be dendritic, like blood vessels. The analogy to life support is fitting.


We don’t get many opportunities on Bowen to see some of the plants peculiar to the island’s coastal margins, in part because these areas are so often privately owned. On the as yet unsold lots at CRC, there still exist fine examples of many species that most of us may never otherwise see. Here are just a few of the plants I’ve noted along the unsold portions of the south shore:

Brodiaea coronaria (harvest brodiaea)
Linnea borealis
Eriophyllum (wooly sunflower)
Mimulous (monkey flower)
Chickweed monkey flower
Collinsia parviflora (blue-eyed marys)
Bryum miniatum (a type of red moss)
Chocolate lily
Death camus
Field chickweed (cerastium arvense)





Tally of responses about what methods we should use to consult

People who indicated one or more preferences 11
QUESTION A: If you'd like be informed about what we’re hearing and what's happening next, how should we do that?
Undercurrent ads / articles 5
Facebook postings 4
Website articles 3
Postal flyers 1
QUESTION B. When you feel informed, if you’re willing to share your opinions, which ways would you be open to?
One on one meetings 5
Small group meetings (3~5) 5
Open meeting 9
Feedback form - private 4
Feedback form - post online 6
Comment threads on topic pages 3
Online survey with results posted 9
Facebook postings 4
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Writing on maps - posted online 6
Newsletter mailed to all households 2
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